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Ananda Trio


 for Violin, Viola, and Violoncello

September 11--November 15, 2010
Duration: about 18  minutes           (original title, Birthday Trio)

for Ananda-Eric Pritchard

Full Score, PDF          Parts      Cover

Fonts required for Finale scores: (1)  (2)  (3)

This was premiered on my Feb. 22, 2011 concert at Nelson Music Room,Duke University
Eric Pritchard, violin; Yoram Youngerman, viola; Elizabeth Marshall, cello

      video (YouTube)

 Introduction by Pat Marriot, from the  WHQR broadcast of Sept. 26, 2011 (mp3) 

I. A Modest Beginning [7:13]       MP3    Finale Score
   An Excellent Tempo

II. Dr. Albert Hofmann's Bike Ride [6:10]  MP3   Score

   Presto Change-o

III. Seasonal Affective Music  [5:52]  MP3   Score


Exit by Pat Marriott, WHQR (mp3)

          Originally, this trio was intended as a kind of sketch for the first three movements of a symphony, which would have an extra movement as a finale. Soon after finishing this trio, I came down with a lingering case of bronchitis, and reconsidered the prospects of the larger scale version. In time the idea for expansion to a symphony died away, especially as the trio was quite idiomatic for the three instruments.
          This trio originally had the title Birthday Trio because the potential fourth movement of the symphony would be based on a speech by Martin Luther King—who, like me, was born on January 15. However now I am using that name for the Birthday Symphony, and am naming this trio after Eric Pritchard, as one of a series of works written with him in mind.
          The second movement's title refers to the famous bicycle ride of Dr. Albert Hofmann, respected Swiss chemist, who in 1943 took the world's first acid trip. He died in 2008, at age 102.
          The third movement reflects the dark, cold part of the year, which I find particularly difficult due to my arthritis; North Carolina is about as far north as I care to live.
          This trio was first performed at Duke University on February 22, 2011 by Eric Pritchard, violin; Yoram Youngerman, viola; and Elizabeth Marshall, cello. The violin part is Eric’s edition.

Musician Biographies

Elizabeth Marshall, cellist, is graduate of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she received Top Prize in the Bolognini International Strings Competition in 1998.  She later went on to win the Silver State Chamber Music Award in 1999.  While completing her Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma degrees at CCM and studying with Lee Fiser, Ms. Marshall toured Boston in December of 2000 as a member of the Adriatic Piano Trio. She performed in Beijing and Tianjin, China in August and September of 2002 as a founding member of the Reverie Piano Quartet. Ms. Marshall was the cello instructor for the International Youth Music Festival and the Bowling Green String Festival in the summer of 2006. 
          Elizabeth became an Artist in Residence at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, in 2005 and served as the cello instructor at Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, from 2005 to 2008.   As a member of the Eastern Piano Trio, the ensemble in residence at Heidelberg, Elizabeth maintained a rigorous teaching and performing schedule and also worked as a consultant for Cleveland Violins, where her interest in lutherie developed. As the Executive Director for Desert Strings in Las Vegas, she continued to study instrument and bow repair and restoration. Elizabeth Marshall received a position at Pasewicz String Instrument in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the Fall of 2010 where she serves on the restoration staff and is the workshop manager. 

Eric Pritchard
, violinist, has been a member of Ciompi Quartet since 1995 and was formerly the first violinist of the Alexander and Oxford Quartets. Mr. Pritchard has taught at Miami University, San Francisco State University, City University of New York and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He was winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Award in Violin as well as the first-prize winner at the Portsmouth (England) International String Quartet Competition and the Coleman and Fischoff national chamber music competitions. He has performed widely as a recitalist and as soloist with the Boston Pops and orchestras in Europe and South America. His major teachers were Eric Rosenblith, Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian and Isadore Tinkleman and he holds degrees from Indiana University and the Juilliard School. He has performed many works by Bill Robinson since 2006.

Yoram Youngerman, viola, has performed in major venues worldwide including the Lincoln Center, New York; Barbican Center, London and other venues in Washington, Toronto, Amsterdam, Zurich, San Francisco, and Berlin. He has performed extensively around the country as a member of the international award-winning Amernet String quartet and has been invited to collaborate with prominent ensembles, including the Tokyo String Quartet, Ying String Quartet, members of the Cleveland String Quartet, Ciompi String Quartet, and as a guest solo artist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Youngerman served on the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, Northern Kentucky University, and East Carolina University. At ECU, he was also director of the Chamber Music Program. More recently he spent a year teaching at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music in Israel before returning to Chapel Hill. He now lives primarily in Israel.